January 17 2011
The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929. On this third Monday of the month, we pay tribute to orchestrator of the Montgomery Bus Boycotts and the March On Washington, founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the man who delivered the historical "I Have A Dream Speech" from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1963, and the one who became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Also in 1963, an R&B artist named Sam Cooke recorded a song which became deeply associated with the Civil Rights Movement and the visions of Dr. King. Tragically, the man was murdered the following year. Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" was not released until after his death.
In honor of today's holiday, our 5 O'Clock Shadow is meant to remind us of the changes that have come and those that are yet to be seen. And we pay tribute to two great men, who left us too soon, but whose visions for a better tomorrow live on.
Aloe Blacc released a cover of the song entitled "Long Time Coming" on his album Shine Through. Here is an alternate, stripped-down version..